Rome Was Always in Decline


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Are we living in a declining empire in need of renewal? Maybe.

But one thing to keep in mind? Romans thought the same thing centuries before the great empire fell.

So what’s up with the fascination with the decline and fall of Rome? And what lessons does it have for US politics?

To help us answer that question, we’ve got Edward J. Watts. He’s a professor of history at UC San Diego and the author of a new book, The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome.

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